Car Market Segments

What are car market segments?

The car market is divided into segments in order for different models of the same type and size to be compared, not only by consumers, but also by regulatory authorities such as those responsible for safety. In Europe, for example, the smallest cars are known as city cars or A-segment cars: examples include the Fiat 500 or Ford Ka.

Next up in size are superminis (B-segment cars), such as the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. These go up to E-segment cars, which are large luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In addition, there are segments such as SUVs, sports cars, convertibles, supercars, etc.

Related Jargon

What is a hatchback car?

A hatchback is a car with a hatch-type boot-lid hinged on the roof of the car, so it opens upwards. The space behind the rear seats is also inside the main cabin of the car.

What is a crossover car?

A crossover car is one that combines the design features from two (or even more) traditional types of car and often involves some element of an SUV.

What is an MPV?

An MPV is a multi-purpose vehicle, which offers more space than a saloon or hatchback and is usually fitted with five or seven seats.

What is an SUV?

Sport utility vehicle - or SUV - a type of car fitted with four-wheel drive, which was built for use off-road.

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